As the 2014 mid-term election nears, there is a political war underway that may ultimately decide the fate of many of the issues that are key to many Americans. One may think that the war is between the progressives on the Left and the Tea Party on the Right or between President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner, but the real war pits conservatives versus establishment Republicans and will determine the fate of the party and of the country. Rather than channeling their focus and energy on defeating the radical, dangerous progressive agenda of Barack Obama, the Republican establishment is hellbent on destroying the political power of the Tea Party. The establishment front includes figures such as Peter King, John Boehner, Chris Christie, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, as well as a host of others ready to wrestle control of the party away from conservatives.
Of course, the battle to suppress conservative uprisings in the Grand Old Party can be traced back several decades to the attempts to keep Ronald Reagan from the White House by those in his own party. These RINO’s (Republicans-in-name-only) are intent on growing America’s global military empire, maintaining or expanding social programs in order to curry favor with the electorate, supporting amnesty and opening the doors for millions of illegal immigrants, and allowing the government to impose a police state under the guise of national security, to name just a few parts of their agenda. Additionally, the establishment has a fear of being characterized by the media as racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-government. They realize that the key to holding onto power is to make sure that they appear non-threatening, middle-of-the-road, and compassionate (a strategy that likely enabled Barack Obama to win the elections of 2008 and 2012.)
In reality, there is nothing middle-of-the-road or compassionate about the establishment Republicans. They support a broad array of programs and issues that are destroying the country as we know it. Believing that the country has moved to the left of the political spectrum in recent years, they resist fighting progressives and their policies and strive to cooperate and negotiate with the likes of Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Consequently, they publicly criticize Republicans who take a principled stand or who do not tow the establishment’s line. Conservatives have been boldly rebuked for supporting an enforcement-first or security-first immigration policy, for speaking out against the dangers of the NSA surveillance program, or for suggesting a more aggressive approach to reducing the federal deficit. Often the criticism of conservatives is more subtle, such as Bob Dole recommending that Republicans reach out to voters in order to broaden their appeal, but increasingly the attacks have become more confrontational with John McCain and Ted Cruz locking horns over budget negotiations. Karl Rove is even going so far as to intentionally keep Tea Party candidates from winning elections. More recently, political commentators such as Rush Limbaugh wonder whether the establishment really had any desire in the first place to repeal Obamacare. On a range of issues, members of the establishment distance themselves from those in Congress who desire real change in how the government conducts its business. This separation results from fear of standing on principle coupled with a genuine desire to maintain the status quo in order to appear accommodating.
The leftist media is quick to embrace any Republican who is critical of the Tea Party bloc or who compromises with Democrats. Hence, John McCain was treated by the media with kid-gloves during the 2008 presidential race and more recently Bob Dole’s wisdom was celebrated by the New York Times for suggesting that his party has moved too far to the right. Additionally, Tea Party candidates or even principled conservatives who do not necessarily align themselves with the Tea Party, are faced with character assassination by those in the media who portray them as a threat to civil government or even as terrorists. Certainly, the conservative movement has its work cut out as we move ever closer to the critical mid-term elections in 2014 and the presidential election in 2016. Should Tea Party candidates fail to make in-roads at the state or national levels in the next three years, its influence will wane and its political power will be further curtailed by the establishment. A Republican Senate in 2015 will not advance the principles or ideas of conservatives should progressive Republicans defeat their conservative rivals during the primaries.